Tue Aug 13, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Recognizing the importance of a reliable road network to its economy, the Canadian government announces a new investment of $828,300 to better manage winter roads in Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, and development of a new web-based tool to provide travelers with road and trail updates and detailed maps.
The federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the investment and noted its positive impact on local economies and community resilience to a changing climate.
The projects are also intended to identify “the unique and urgent transportation needs in Canada's territorial North, such as access to markets, economic opportunities, communities and essential services despite difficult terrain and severe climate conditions,” the minister says.
Projects along Canada's northern trade corridors generally face higher construction costs than elsewhere, he adds.
"This project will provide greater connectivity for Northerners and improve safety for communities in the Northwest Territories," Garneau says.
"Transportation is a lifeline for Northern communities and for economic development in Canada's Arctic,” Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories Michael McLeod says. “By finding ways to make our infrastructure more resilient, we are improving transportation safety and reliability."
In its 2019 budget, the Canadian government increased its allocation to the National Trade Corridors Fund for northern regions by up to $400 million over eight years, starting in 2020–21, bringing the total allocation to these regions to $800 million, according to the announcement.